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Summer 2018 Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (September 10, 2018)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 159th Commencement on Sunday, Sept. 9. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Christopher Long and Roger Kisiel from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Christopher Long, undergraduate faculty and Roger Kisiel, graduate faculty.

Roger Kisiel has taught undergraduate and MBA capstone courses as an adjunct professor at Franklin University since 2005. For the past seven years, he has also been teaching the MBA internationally in Poland, Macedonia and Oman. He also served as a visiting scholar for two Omani undergraduate courses. Kisiel is a business consultant and currently serves as the vice president of business development for ID Minder, LLC, a startup IT company specializing in identity and access management. He spent more than 25 years as an entrepreneur and franchisee in the food service industry, with well-known chains such as Hardee’s, Fuddruckers and Rax. He has long been affiliated with The Buckeye Ranch including 19 years as a board member, as well as a short-term assignment as the group’s interim president and CEO. A Vietnam War veteran, Roger is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, George Washington University, the Harvard University Executive Program, the U.S. Naval Aviation Training Command and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Student Nomination:
Roger Kisiel was the best professor I’ve ever had. He was kind and considerate and really inspired me to be better and learn more throughout my life. Professor Kisiel did a phenomenal job at helping each student understand the expectations and taught us how to be successful throughout the program. He brought a broad understanding of business and life experiences to expand upon the course material.” 

Christopher Long has served as an adjunct professor of finance at Franklin University since 2003, teaching several levels of business finance including Finance 301, 340 and 495. His teaching style encourages students to enjoy the learning process and to apply the principles of finance in both their personal and professional lives. He hopes that he has inspired his students a fraction of how much they have inspired him through the years. A finance professional in both the private and public sector with nearly 25 years of experience, Long holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. 

Student Nomination:
Professor Long ensured that what we were learning made sense and was always supportive with whatever project our class was working on. He encouraged participation and went above and beyond to respond to any questions and provide feedback as quickly as possible.  Everything I learned in his class was beneficial. 
I really appreciate his knowledge and his ability to share it with our class

About the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award
Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

While more than 100 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor.

These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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